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Disaster Preparedness: Tornado Disaster Plan

Tornado Disaster Plan

 

Is YOUR Family Ready for a Tornado?

Tornadoes can form throughout many months of the year and in numerous states. Is your family prepared and ready for a tornado?

For those people who live in Tornado Alley (most of the Midwest and Southeastern states) are used to having tornado drills and practice night evacuations, but if you have your own tornado disaster plan in place you’ve got an even better chance of not only getting out alive but also damage mitigation for your home and/or business.

 

Tornado Disaster Plan

Having a disaster plan in place can help keep you, your family, and your property safe. Below are some things to consider and discuss with your family before a tornado hits.

  1. Have an Escape Route: Your safest bet during a tornado is to lay low. The basement is often the best option, although if you don’t have a basement, the most interior room of your home is the next best option. Make sure that all members of the family know where to go immediately if there is a tornado in your area. If the tornado hits when you’re outside, find a safe building or a ditch and protect your head with your arms.
  2. Stay Informed: Make sure that you have a portable radio with fully charged batteries so that you can get the latest up-to-date information about the disaster. If you are in the path of the tornado, go to your pre-designated shelter area immediately.
  3. Have a Disaster Kit: Keep a disaster kit ready at all times. Make sure you include everything you could possibly need during a tornado disaster like non-perishable food, bottled water, flashlights, a first aid kit, prescription medicines, and other essentials.
  4. Clean Up Outside: Ensure that all trash cans, lawn furniture, kids toys, etc. are stored away safely or otherwise tied down. Remove any dead limbs from trees and shrubs as they can be ripped off by a tornado and turned into flying projectiles.
  5. Contact Your Family: Have a designated member of your family contact the rest of the family and friends living in the danger zone in case of a tornado. Tornadoes typically arrive late in the afternoon or during the early evening, but they can also strike in the middle of the night so it’s important that you keep members of your extended family informed as part of your tornado disaster plan checklist.

 

FEMA Tornado Recommendations

FEMA Tornado Recommendations


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